ICT for ageing well.



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The FOOD system relies on a technical infrastructure, made of sensors, smart kitchen appliances and user’s interaction tools (interfaces), thus building a kitchen networked environment. Communication among kitchen devices exploits a wireless network, compliant with the IEEE 802.15.4-ZigBee standard. On top of such network, a supervising system and a web server are built, which enable user’s application, and manage exchanging of information through the internet. The kitchen is therefore connected to external physical and digital networks (i.e., neighbourhood community, shops and to the web), enabling service aimed at increasing safety, at providing help and guidance in food preparation and at fostering exploitation of inherent social and cultural implication of feeding. End-users (which include elderly people as well as their supporting network) are involved in the system and service design since its early phases, exploiting participatory design tools.


ICT-based services aimed at supporting safety, autonomy and effectiveness of feeding daily activities are proposed, either home-based (in the kitchen environment) and internet-based. Simple services deal with the kitchen safety management, whereas more articulated ones will fully exploit networking among devices (remote operation features) and among people (social oriented applications). User-centred design strategies are exploited to ensure service usability and trustworthiness, user’s reward and satisfaction. Designed features will enter the mainstream production line of a large enterprise.

Expected results and impact:

Smart appliances, including network connectivity features, will be designed and produced: AAL features will be accounted for into mainstream industry production, fulfilling “design for all” prescriptions. The whole industrial design cycle will be carried out within the project, leading to fully certified, ready-to-market devices. Services supporting independent and rewarding kitchen activities will be made available and tested on a 18 month pilot phase, in 3 European countries. Users and market perspectives will be assessed through evaluation tools, also exploited for iterative trimming of devised solutions.



Brainport Development N.V.End-usersThe
Copenhagen Institute of
Interaction Design
Department Of Social
Services, Local Council
International Business
School, Jönköping
Consiglio Nazionale della
Università degli Studi di
Parma, Centro di
Collaborazione sulle
Tecnologie Assistive
SC Vision Systems SRLResearchRomania

Coordinator: Indesit Company SPA

Duration: 36 Months

Starting Date: 01 September 2012

Total budget: 3,232,865.99 €

Public contribution: 1,616,337.00 €


Leonardo Arteconi,
Indesit Company SpA,,
+39 0732 663999, Via L. Corsi 55, 60044 Fabriano (AN), Italy
Paolo Ciampolini,
University of Parma,,
+39 0521 905828, +39 334 6669195, Viale G.P. Usberti 181/a, 43124 Parma, Italy